Old age pension may be hiked in Haryana

Special Correspondent

CHANDIGARH: Haryana Social Welfare Minister Kartar Devi on Thursday hinted that the old age pension of Rs. 300 per month could be shortly enhanced.

Addressing a press conference here, she announced that the Government would organise a State- level function at Panipat on December 6 to observe the death anniversary of the late B.R.Ambedkar. The day would be observed as "Jagriti Diwas'' to apprise the members belonging to weaker sections of society about the welfare schemes being implemented for their benefit.

A mass awakening campaign would also be launched by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on that day.

Socio-economic status

She added that Mr.Hooda was very much concerned about the socio-economic status of the weaker sections of society. A booklet containing information about various schemes being implemented for the weaker sections of society would also be distributed at the function.

She asserted that the Hooda Government had not only effectively implemented the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, to rehabilitate the members of the 54 Harijan families, whose houses had been damaged in Gohana a few months ago, but had also spent Rs. 1.40 crore to fully rehabilitate the affected families.

The Government had got their houses reconstructed through the Public Works Department at a cost of Rs. 49 lakh and each family was given cash compensation of Rs. one lakh. Also, as their household goods were also damaged, Rs. 33.25 lakhs were spent to meet this loss. The Government also organised a special camp to provide food and medicines to the affected families for two months. Also, text books were provided to the students.